Reading about the history and wonder of a place is one thing but getting out and enjoying it first hand is a completely different story. It’s hard for us to describe the beauty and significance of some of Glasgow’s historic sites in a blog, but we’ll give it a go! To experience any of these wonders for yourself, pay a visit to PREMIER SUITES serviced apartments in Glasgow. We’re perfectly located to explore the city and offer you the space and flexibility of a home from home. Here are some of the most interesting and historic of Glasgow’s tourist attractions.
Our first historic attraction is just a stones through from our serviced apartments on Glasgow’s Georges Square. Peep out the window and you’ll see the Duke of Wellington Statue, usually with a traffic cone on his head! The statue was sculpted by Italian artist Carlo Marochetti and erected in 1844. In 2013, the city council planned to double the height of the statue to deter the public from replacing the Dukes fetching orange hat. However, following a very successful Facebook campaign called ‘Keep the Cone’, 72,000 people decided it should stay and the council had to give up!
Another short walk from your accommodation lies the gorgeous Glasgow City Chambers. The formidable and impressive building was erected between 1882 and 1888 by Scottish architect William Young and styled on classic Victorian architecture. Every detail about the chamber is exquisite; the Carrara marble staircase, the intricately detailed mosaic ceiling, the gold leaf accents and impressive banquet hall. The chambers themselves are no stranger to the big screen, often starring in TV shows and movies. Tours are available twice daily and we’d recommend you take full advantage and witness this beautiful landmark.
One of the oldest of Glasgow’s historic sites, the Provand’s Lordship has been around since 1471, making it the oldest house in the city. In fact, it’s one of only four medieval buildings in Glasgow who have stood the test of time. During your visit, you’ll get a real insight into the life and style of the building’s affluent ex-owners. The Scottish 17th-century furniture, a selection of historic royal portraits and the beautiful brickwork make it a very interesting and insightful place to visit. You’ll also witness the beauty and serenity of the surrounding St Nicholas Garden.
Dating back to the 1740s, the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens contains an amazing array of artefacts prints, photographs, paintings, films and interactive displays which give a fascinating insight into years gone by and how people lived back then. There is a lot of information to take in but a wander through the Winter Gardens, admiring the Doulton Fountain, or a visit to Glasgow Green, the oldest public space in the city, should clear your mind.
When we talk about history in Glasgow, it doesn’t get any more interesting than The Necropolis. This vast graveyard is the final resting place for an astounding 50 thousand people. Can you imagine if those graves could talk, the stories they would tell! The Victorian cemetery, adorned by thousands of gravestones, monuments and statues has a genuine sense of serenity and peace in an otherwise bustling cityscape. We’d recommend taking a guided tour of the 37-acre cemetery to avoid losing yourself among the history and to gain some valuable insight and interesting facts from the guides.
For your ideal accommodation in the heart of the city, book your stay in PREMIER SUITES Glasgow. We offer excellent value for money when you book directly on our website or by calling one of our friendly team today. Our staff are happy to recommend Glasgow tourist attractions, places to dine and personal favourites across the city.